Anu Aga is on the board of Thermax Limited, the $800 million Indian energy and environment management company. She retired as chairperson in October 2004.
She began her industry career in Thermax in 1985. In 1996, after her husband Rohinton Aga passed away she took over as executive chairperson of the Thermax Group and two years later became non-executive chairperson.
As chairperson, Ms. Aga facilitated four major turnaround initiatives at Thermax: reconstitution of the board, shedding of non-core activities, rightsizing of operations and increased focus on the customer. She is also instrumental in driving a high performance culture at Thermax, especially at the senior levels.
She has written extensively and given talks on the subjects of corporate governance, corporate social responsibility, role of women and education. Since her retirement, Mrs. Aga has been focusing on social causes, especially education. She supports Akanksha, an organization promoting education for the underprivileged children in Mumbai and Pune. She is closely associated with the Thermax Social Initiative Foundation that partners with the Pune Municipal Corporation and Akanksha, to manage two schools for children from lower income groups. Mrs. Aga is also on the board of Teach for India and is actively involved with its initiatives.
She has a BA in economics and holds a post-graduate degree in medical and psychiatric social work from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), and was selected for the Fullbright Scholarship for social workers to study for four months in the U.S.